The Town of Franklin will officially welcome the holidays during Winter Wonderland a two-night event held in downtown Franklin, held on consecutive Saturdays, November 28th and December 5th from 5:00 to 8:00 each evening.
“COVID-19 continues to have an impact on our ability to organize events that follow guidelines for the safety of all involved,” said Town of Franklin Mayor Bob Scott. “This year’s Winter Wonderland will take place but has been modified to protect those attending.”
Protocols in place for Winter Wonderland include the requirement of face masks and Social Distancing. Main Street will be closed both nights of the event to allow for more space to Social Distance. Detours will be clearly marked to plenty of free parking in the downtown area.
“The first night of Winter Wonderland will include our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. This event will be live streamed, so keep an eye on our Facebook events page for details,” said Mayor Scott.
Saturday, November 28th is Small Business and the traditional kick-off day of the holidays in Franklin, NC. The Small Business Saturday initiative, headed by American Express, shifts the focus from Black Friday and Cyber Monday to supporting small, local businesses. The Town of Franklin is proud to again be a Neighborhood Champion of Small Business Saturday.
Both nights of Winter Wonderland will feature a visit from Santa! He will be roving through the streets and businesses.
“Our staff is in the process of adding additional holiday decorations to the Gazebo on the Square and other areas of Franklin, much like we did for Fall,” said Summer Woodard, Town Manager. “There will be many holiday photo opportunities that can be enjoyed all through the New Year.”
Downtown Merchants will also be open late offering great shopping and plenty of great gift ideas for the holidays. In addition, select businesses will feature living window displays depicting different scenes of the holiday season.
“Knowing that this event is a cherished part of holiday traditions for both visitors and locals alike, our staff has spent many months exploring every avenue imaginable to hold Winter Wonderland in a normal fashion,” said Mayor Scott. “We encourage everyone that attends to follow the proper safety protocols and still enjoy the spirit of the season in Franklin.”
Winter Wonderland is sponsored by the Town of Franklin. For additional information, visit www.TownofFranklinNC.com or call (828) 524-2516.